Feb 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski (43) shoots on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta (31) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Bruins had lost 6 straight games while the Blackhawks were not playing great hockey either when these two heavy weights got together on Sunday afternoon and this is how the game transpired at the United Center.
The first look at the Blackhawks lineup was one big blended mess from Joel Quenneville and the Hawks didn’t exactly respond to the changes with the Bruins getting on the board first with Patrice Bergeron out working Michal Rozsival in front of Corey Crawford for the opening goal. The Bruins scored again later in the period on the powerplay right after Tukka Rask stopped a Kris Versteeg shorthanded attempt. Loui Ericksson tipped a Torey Krug blast and it looked like it was going to be a Bruins cakewalk.
Rask went from having a strong period to a goat in seconds. First he touched the puck in the forbidden zone which created a Blackhawks powerplay that Jonathan Toews scored on with a second left in the period from a nice Patrick Kane pass. After the goal Rask swung wildly and clipped Versteeg and that’s how the period ended 2-1 Bruins with the Hawks having a powerplay to open the 2nd period.
The Blackhawks had the first two minutes of the period on the powerplay but it was a brutal 2 minutes and that was just a foreshadowing of the rest of the period. The Hawks gave up 5, yes 5 goals in the 2nd period with Corey Crawford getting pulled after the third goal of the period.
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Antti Raanta came in and didn’t much better and when the final horn sounded it was 6-1 and man was it hard to watch. Rozsival was on the ice for a lot of the carnage and he sure looks like he shouldn’t be on the ice for the Hawks but he surely wasn’t the only problem on the ice for Chicago the entire roster didn’t come to play and it showed.
The third period was just 20 minutes of open skate with the Blackhawks picking up one goal when Bryan Bickell tipped in a David Rundblad shot but with less than 6 minutes left it was Way Too Little Way Too Late and when the horn sounded it was an embarrassing 6-2 loss for the Chicago Blackhawks.
-It’s only the 2nd time all year the Hawks gave up 6 goals in a game.
-The Hawks in their last 2 games have been out scored 10-3.
-The trading deadline may have just got a lot more interesting for the Blackhawks.
-Last chance to play a good game at home is Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers
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